A press con held for the launch of Cesar Guarin's Global Pinoy Run sponsored by Cebu Pacific Air was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas.
Ultraman Cesar Guarin is the first Filipino Global Runner attempting to complete the Global Run.
Yours truly got the chance to meet him in person and asked about his expectations in this endeavor.
There 3 athletes in the world who have completed Global run, they are Robert Garside of Great Britain, Rosie Swale-Pope of Switzerland and Jesper Olsen of Denmark.
Who is Cesar Guarin?
Cesar Guarin and yours truly stands at the same height of 5'6".
He has run farther than any Filipino, literally. It all started in 1978 when a young Cesar, then studying at the University of the Philippines, holding an ambition to become the first Filipino Olympic marathon gold medalist.
It was more than just a dream for him, it was his obsession.
Only three people in the world have run around the globe and received official recognition. Will a Filipino ultramarathon runner, Cesar Guarin, be the fourth person to achieve an epic demonstration of human endurance and courage?
With the help of a dedicated team and supporters here and abroad, our first Filipino global runner and the “Father of Ultramarathon” here in the Philippines, 56-year old Cesar Guarin is determined to finish his 43, 258 - kilometer solo run in 42 countries across the world to promote mutual tourism interests between Philippines and countries where he will have his global run stages.
With running experience covering some thirty years, spanning 6 presidencies, Cesar is poised to continue his toughest ever run. This one-of-a-kind ultramarathon has been partitioned into 15 stages, with stage typically requiring him to run 45 - 60 kilometers a day, for each of the 30 - 80 days per stage. Once finished, he would cover a total running distance of 43,258 kilometers in 42 countries and 865 running days!
Now, he is preparing for the next stage of his global run which are Stage 6: Finland – England run (2,262 km) and his most challenging global run stage of all, Stage 7:Middle East run (2,222 km). This stage stands out not only for its terrifying distance, but also for the intense heat, rough terrain and blinding sandstorms it throws.